Oppenheimer at the Vaudeville Theatre
Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

ABOUT Oppenheimer

The RSC’s critically acclaimed Oppenheimer at the Vaudeville Theatre.


Following a critically acclaimed sell-out run in Stratford-upon-Avon, the RSC’s Oppenheimer transfers to London’s Vaudeville Theatre for a strictly limited 8 week season from 27 March 2015 until 23 May 2015.

Directed by Angus Jackson with John Heffernan taking the role of Oppenheimer, Tom Morton-Smith’s new play takes us into the heart of the Manhattan Project to reveal the personal cost of making history.


1939: fascism spreads across Europe, Franco marches on Barcelona and two German chemists discover the processes of atomic fission. In Berkeley, California, theoretical physicists recognise the horrendous potential of this new science: a weapon that draws its power from the very building blocks of the universe. The ambitious and charismatic J Robert Oppenheimer finds himself uniquely placed to spearhead the largest scientific undertaking in all of human history.
Determined to cast off his radical past and struggling with tempestuous relationships with his colleagues, wife and mistress, Oppenheimer finds himself thrust into a position of power, racing to create a weapon so devastating that it would bring about an end not just to the Second World War, but to all war.


John Heffernan is to reprise the role of Oppenheimer with further casting to be announced.


Oppenheimer is directed by Angus Jackson with scenic design by Robert Innes Hopkins, lighting by Paul Anderson, sound by Christopher Shutt and choreography by Scott Ambler.


★★★★★ Guardian ‘Fascinating… Tom morton-smith’s massively impressive play… Outstanding performances’
★★★★★ Daily Telegraph ‘Morton-smith’s play is packed with fascinating nuggets and bristling ideas’
★★★★ Evening Standard ‘Snappy and inventive production from director Angus Jackson’
★★★★ Independent ‘Immaculately acted, an absorbing and gripping evening’
★★★★ Sunday Times ‘John Heffernan is riveting… Catherine Steadman is superb’

Reviews are from RSC’s Stratford Production